Wassa East District in the Western Region placed second on the districts teenage pregnancy table.
Mr Wilson Arthur, District Chief Executive who announced this at the second ordinary meeting of the third session of the 7th assembly at Daboase said 17 girls out of the 2,127pupils who registered for this year’s BECE were pregnant.
He said in response to the high prevalence of teenage pregnancies, sexual and Child Abuse cases, the District Child Protection Committee embarked on a pilot sensitization tour in schools to motivate and educate the children in how best to protect themselves from social vices.
Mr Arthur also tasked the community and Social Welfare Department to intensify their campaign on child protection.
“We must take a stand to combat teenage pregnancies in our various communities if you co-opt traditional leadership, churches, and mosques, we would crack this challenge in no time”
Touching on Health, the DCE said the Assembly was determined to improve the quality of life of people through various interventions adding that the health directorate had undertaken many activities to address their health needs.
He mentioned the training of staff on family planning and the introduction of new vaccines as well as the provision of 24 hours clinical services in all health facilities.
On the National Health insurance scheme (NHIS) Mr. Arthur said as of the end of May this year 2,147 new persons had registered and 9,796 had their cards renewed.
With water and sanitation, the DCE said two out of seven boreholes have been mechanized and that new borehole had also been drilled at Manponso and Nsuta communities adding that by 2020 the District would achieve 100 percent potable water service.
On business, he said the Business Advisory Centre during the year under review trained 66 members of the Garages Association in occupational safety and environmental management, in addition, eight gari producers were trained in technology improvement in cassava processing while 58 unemployed women and men were trained in soap making.
The DCE announced that the Takoradi Technical University Tourism Department has adopted the District to support it to professionally develop tourism attractions, adding that the Domama Rock Shrine would be the focus this year.
He said staff and students of TTU tourism Department have already visited the Domama Chiefs and people and said chieftaincy disputes and illegal mining activities remain a major threat to the security of the District